34496 / Wing Commander (Ret'd) Francis John Leonard Downing

Date of birth19 April 1934 Australia: Western Australia, Perth 

Commanding Officer of 2 Squadron RAAF South Vietnam from October 1970- March 1971. Shot down by a North Vietnamese Surface to Air Missile (SAM), Sunday March 14 1971, while on operation over northern South Vietnam. He and Flight Lieutenant A J Pinches successfully ejected and were later rescued.